They are parasitoids that lay their eggs directly into grubs of the June beetle (genus Phyllophaga) buried in the soil… Mom reaches down into the soil with that wonderful, jointed, flexible abdomen and determines the presence of the larva (grub) of a May/June beetle. She deposits her egg directly into/onto the grub and goes her merry way, and when her larva hatches, it dives in. Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers.

Parasites find it counterproductive to kill their hosts; parasitoids live to kill their hosts/kill their hosts to live.

Next Post. She deposits her egg directly into/onto the grub and goes her merry way, and when her larva hatches, it dives in. When the wasp egg hatches, the larva will use its mouth to burrow into the helpless grub and eat it from the inside out.

Of the 18,000 species of ants, bees and wasps in North America, the pelecinid wasp is among the most interesting. Previous Post. They belong in the family Pelecinidae, and they are a New World wasp (with distant, fossilized/amberized relations from the Old World).

NOTE: Ants, Bees, & Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.

Not only is their habit considered highly evolved, they often co-evolved with their hosts.

Only insects with complete metamorphosis (egg-to-larva-pupa-to-adult) need apply for the lifestyle, and only their larvae have the ability to do it, though their victims may come from all walks of life. Is that long, pointy abdomen as dangerous as a scorpion’s?

The adults drink nectar, and they live in crop fields, woods, and suburban gardens throughout North, Central, and South America.

The diet of adult APWs is nectar, perhaps supplemented by some pollen and water. This insect is so unusual it shares its family (Pelecinidae) with just three other species in the world, with no others in North America.

Biologists who gather June bug grubs to rear for experiments often find themselves with a wasp collection instead. A female may measure almost 2 ½ inches long, and her abdomen is five times the length of the rest of her body; males are only about an inch long. According to Frost, in Insect Life and Natural History, parasitoids are plunked on the continuum between parasites and predators.

The large (up to 7 cm) glossy black insects are the most common and well-known members of the family. The diet of adult APWs is nectar, perhaps supplemented by some pollen and water. As wasps go, these are docile and harmless. As wasps go, these are docile and harmless, Their parthenogenesis [from the Greek parthenos, meaning virgi and the Latin genesis, meaning genesis], results from the fact that males are so rare that females have developed the ability to reproduce without them.
Pelecinids have short wings for their length and are slow flyers. The term necrotroph (from the Greek nekros—dead body, and trophe—nourishment) applies. North of the Rio Grande.

Along with the label parasitoid, they are also classed as endoparasites (endo meaning that the larva is feeding from the inside).

Pelecinids have short wings for their length and are slow flyers.
APWs are whip-thin, shiny, and black, with extra long antennae.

The term necrotroph from the Greek nekros (dead body) and trophe (nourishment) applies. American Pelecinid wasps ( Pelecinus polyturator) (APWs) are one of the BugLady’s favorite insects. According to Frost, in Insect Life and Natural History, parasitoids are plunked on the continuum between parasites and predators. A further word about parasitoid(ism).

Ah, the surprising American Pelecinid wasp! Male APWs may be absent from our landscapes, but they are present in the more torrid climes, south of the border. APWs are relatively common from Argentina through Canada, in woodlands, grasslands and gardens, from mid-summer to early fall.

APWs are whip-thin, shiny, and black, with extra long antennae.


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